Ilfracombe Library will reopen with a new look on Tuesday 1st June 2010. The library will be transformed into a bright, warm, modern building, balancing formal and informal areas, with facilities for all.

There will be movable shelving allowing more flexible use of the space for events, improved study space, a dedicated area for teenagers including IT, new furniture for children, comfy seats, public access computers, wi-fi, laptop points, colour photocopying and simple-to-use self-service facilities.

The carpet and ceiling are being replaced, new lighting installed and the walls painted. The traditional counter will be replaced by a new enquiry point which is designed to allow a more personal interaction with the customer. Staff levels are being maintained in order to offer a better service on the 'shop floor', assisting with book selection and so forth.

Working with local disability campaigning and empowerment charity Living Options, the library will have clearer signage and a disabled-friendly layout.



The Building

The Building

Type of library

Small community library


194 m2





Building contractor

Leisureline Construction

The Space

The Space

Features and services

Special services

Audiovisual/Multimedia areas, Baby changing facilities, Exhibition/display areas, Group study spaces, Sound and image processing facilities

External features

Shared site

Internal features

Design features

Energy efficiency


Accessibility provision

Access to building, Access within building, Critical distances, Signage / guiding

Interior designer

Ryder Architecture Ltd.

Furniture suppliers

Radford HMY Group Ltd

Services and facilities suppliers

Intellident, Insight media (iCAM)

IT provision

Internet access, General, Laptop points, Public access terminals, RFID, WiFi, Number of public computer terminals: 8

Seats/study places